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January 10, 2017

Posted in 2017 Minutes

January 10, 2017

 

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor William Herrington called the regular meeting of the Lawrenceville Town Council to order at 7:30 p.m. on January 10, 2017.               

 

ROLL CALL

Roll was called; Present:   Mayor William Herrington; Council Members:  Joyce Bland, H. B. Brockwell, Jr., Dora Hardy, Scott Martin, Martha Myers, Robert F. Pecht, III, and Alice B. Talbert.  Also present:  Town Manager, C. J. Dean, Police Chief, Everette Gibson, Town Clerk, Wanda Johnson, Kimberly Martin and the press.  

 

Absent:  Town Attorney, W. C. Outten, Jr.   

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion was made by Mr. Brockwell to approve the minutes of the regular meeting on December 13, 2016, as received, suspend the reading and file.  This was seconded by Mr. Martin and carried by all ayes.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The agenda was approved as presented.  

 

LAWRENCEVILLE EDA

Mr. Martin reported that Mr. Dean continues to work on collecting data on vacant buildings.     

 

RECOGNITION OF CITIZENS

There were no citizens desiring to speak.

 

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor Herrington thanked everyone for their thoughts and considerations during his recent illness.

 

Mayor Herrington asked the Town Development Committee to engage citizens and identify resources to attract businesses to fill the vacant buildings in downtown Lawrenceville.  Mayor Herrington stated that Bank of America plans to market the vacant bank building for six months to another financial institution.  

 

REPORT OF TOWN ATTORNEY

There was no report.

 

REPORT OF TOWN MANAGER

OLD SOUTHERN STATES BUILDING

Mr. Dean reported that work continues with a potential industrial client for the building.  Town crews have removed pegboard in the old office space.  The Property and Equipment Committee will be asked to review a lease agreement soon.  

 

DOWNTOWN PROJECT

Mr. Dean reported that a recently received façade application is being reviewed by

B & B Consultants.  The Town needs to find an occupant for the Peebles building in order to meet grant requirements.    

 

BUDGET PLANNING

Mr. Dean asked that council committees begin budget planning for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

 

Mr. Dean thanked Town crews for coming out over the weekend to plow and shovel snow.  

 

The former Saint Paul’s Student Center, now the Brunswick County Conference Center, experienced a broken sprinkler pipe again.

 

All is going well regarding Dominion Virginia Power at this time.

 

FINANCE

Mr. Pecht reported that the VACo/VML Virginia Investment Pool material in the packet is for information only.  The committee has not met on it and we need to consider our local banks.

 

Mr. Pecht reported that the first draft of the audit has been received.  It should be completed soon.  

 

FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES

Mr. Martin reported that the fire department responded to 31 calls in December.  Of the 31, 4 were in the town limits and 27 were outside the town limits.  Also, 20 of those calls were within the LVFD first due area, 11 were mutual aid to other agencies.  Mr. Martin commented that the fire department had also been called out in the bad weather and we appreciate all the work they do.

 

PERSONNEL

Mr. Brockwell reported that the work continues on updating the employee manual.  A VML representative is reviewing the manual and technical changes are being made to reflect new laws.    

 

POLICE

Ms. Hardy wished everyone a Happy New Year.  The report is in the packet.  Ms. Hardy thanked the police for everything they do.  They are working with one man out right now.      

 

PROPERTY & EQUIPMENT

There was no report.

 

STREETS, LIGHTS & CEMETERY

There was no report.

 

TOWN DEVELOPMENT

There was no report.   



WATER/WASTEWATER

Mr. Brockwell commented that the Town crew has done exceptionally well keeping things running over the holiday season.  There will be a committee meeting following the council meeting tonight.  

 

SAFETY

Mr. Brockwell said the departments have done a good job over the year.  They need to continue safety training to be prepared if anything does happen.      

 

HOUSING CODE ENFORCEMENT

Mr. Dean reported that he is working with Mr. Outten to follow up on the properties in violation.  The County has applied for funds to assist with tearing down the old school building.  The house on the corner at Fifth Avenue and South Main is actually still listed under heirs to the property, not HUD.  He continues to look into that matter.

 

PARKS/RECREATION

Mr. Brockwell commented that the road going to the ballpark needs to get attention.  Mr. Dean advised that a truck load of asphalt has been put on that road in the past year.  Our parking lot needs attention also; it is a matter of cost.

 

WELLNESS – WALKING COMMUNITY

Mrs. Myers reported that the committee is still meeting with a representative from the Emporia YMCA.  They continue to look at possible locations for exercise opportunities and hope to use a town building.  It was suggested that they contact the county about space in the Brunswick County Conference Center.  It is the former Saint Paul’s Student Center.  

 

AIRPORT COMMISSION

Mr. Pecht reported that Red Anglin passed away.  He served his country in the U. S. Navy.  Mr. Anglin served as Chairman of the Lawrenceville-Brunswick Airport Commission for many years.  His service to the community is greatly appreciated.

 

LAWRENCEVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION

There was no report.

 

CORRESPONDENCE/ANNOUNCEMENTS

A Shentel 2017 Price Adjustment and Channel Line-up Notification is in the packet.

 

The 2017 VML Day at the Capitol will be held January 25, 2017.  This is also Brunswick Stew Day at the Capitol.  Mayor Herrington encouraged everyone to attend if possible.

 

The VRWA 29th Annual Conference & Technical Exposition will be held April 24-26, 2017.

 

Dominion Virginia Power’s Brunswick County Power Station was recently named Best Overall Generation Project of the Year and Best Gas-Fired Project of the Year at the Power-Gen International 2016 Conference.

 

The Clerk of the City of Roanoke shared a resolution by e-mail today.  Roanoke City Council adopted a resolution that urges the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act to collect and remit sales taxes structured on a system of collection based upon the purchaser’s location.  Town Council Members commented that this needs further review.  

 

CONSIDERATION OF ACCOUNTS

A motion was made to pay the bills as presented, in the amount of $69,349.33 and charge to the proper accounts.  This was made by Mr. Pecht, seconded by Mr. Martin and carried by all ayes.

 

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before Council, a motion was made by Mr. Brockwell, seconded by Ms. Hardy and carried by all ayes to adjourn the meeting.  

 

William Herrington, Mayor

 

Wanda Johnson, Clerk




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